Advani advice to Congress:Read writing on wall

Nagpur: Terming the bypoll results as "significant," BJP leader L K Advani today said the "anger" of the people has resulted in the defeat of the Congress which should look at the writing on the wall.

Advani said the Congress and its allies lost everywhere in the bypolls. The defeat of Congress was notable even in states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana where it is in power, he said.

"It is the anger of the people that has resulted in the defeat of Congress in four by-elections. The results are very significant to the party and it should be taken as a writing on the wall," he said. "It is apparent that the people of the country are no more willing to tolerate the UPA because of its consistent anti-people and corrupt track record. The countdown for the demise has begun," he added.

Apart from the severe drubbing in the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency, Congress lost all the three Assembly bypolls, results of which were declared yesterday.

Out of the three Assembly seats, BJP won Khadakwasala in Maharashtra and its NDA ally JD(U) in Daraunda in Bihar while TRS bagged the Banswada seat in Andhra Pradesh. The HJC-BJP combine candidate Kuldeep Bishnoi won the Hisar seat.

To a question on possible mid-term polls, Advani said the Opposition will neither pull down the government nor there is a V P Singh. "There is no V P Singh in the present government. But we are fortunate to have CAG, Supreme Court and the RTI. Hence Congress is talking about taking a critical view of RTI Act," he said.

On his yatra, the senior leader said it is basically for India and not for BJP or L K Advani. "The people of the country are deeply distressed by the massive corruption of the UPA government which has crossed all limits, making the UPA government most corrupt since independence," he alleged in a statement. "In spite of deep sense of disgust of people, the Manmohan Singh government is reluctant to take any effective steps for bringing back black money stashed away in foreign banks including Swiss bank," Advani said.

Advani said mid-term elections depended "essentially on whether anyone in the government or anyone in the UPA or what remains of it wants to pull it down. Opposition on its own cannot pull it down."

"Referring to the Hisar bypoll results, he said the Congress candidate had lost his deposit. Through the poll results, he said, were "the electorates warning to the government of the day."

Advani said the response to his yatra was not just indicative of BJP`s popularity but also because of the peoples` mood against the Congress. Advani said the Prime Minister`s remarks favouring a "critical review" of the RTI Act were made because a "civil war" within the government had been exposed.